HONED VS POLISHED MARBLE Archives - Cutting Edge Countertops



Are you interested in learning about a honed versus polished finish? Then look no further! When choosing natural stone for countertops there are a lot of choices to make including the stone type, color, edges and the type of finish you prefer. Something as simple as the finish can drastically change the appearance of the stone, and the overall look of your space. To help you determine which finish to select for your project, Cutting Edge Countertops is here to guide you in your choice.

The definition of honed is when the stone slab has been ground to a smooth, flat consistent surface. This finish is created by stopping short of the last stage of polishing, leaving the stone with a non-shiny, matte look and velvet-like touch. The definition of polished is just the opposite! A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals. An alternative to marble-like countertops, such as quartz, can offer the beautiful look and feel of marble, with increased durability and less overall maintenance. Marble-like countertops are offered in a variety of colors, and can be either honed or polished depending on your lifestyle needs.


Honed Marble Countertop Characteristics:

Since honed marble is a matte finish it is more resistant to scratches. Even if honed marble does get scratched, it is less noticeable because the scratch won’t be as easy to see when light reflects off it, like it would on a polished surface. On the other hand, honed stone is more susceptible to stains, so it is important to wipe up spills immediately. Additionally, a matte finish is less slippery than polished when wet, making it a great choice for flooring.

Honed Stone Recap:

  • Looks: Matte
  • Feel: Velvet/Satin
  • Durability: Scratch resistant, but easily stained
  • Maintenance: Regular cleaning with soap and water; clean up spills immediately and it is suggested to re-seal over time
  • Suggested Application: Countertops and high traffic areas, such as floors for the bathroom, foyer or living room
Honed Finish


Polished Countertop Characteristics:

Polished stone is coated which acts as a protectant, making it less susceptible to stains. Consequently, the highly reflective surface means it’s more visible to scratches. Since polished stone is very smooth, this makes it a dangerous option for flooring in high traffic areas or bathrooms because it can be very slippery when wet. It is, however, a classic choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

Polished Marble Recap:

  • Look: Glossy and Shiny
  • Feel: Smooth
  • Durability: Scratch and etch easily, but more stain-resistant
  • Maintenance: Regular cleaning with soap and water; wipe up spills immediately
  • Suggested Application: Kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace surrounds and walls

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